East Carolina University, the State Library of North Carolina, and the University Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are creating the most comprehensive to date digital collection of core North Carolina state government documents, offering researchers a historical view of the development of the state's government and infrastructure. Grant funds for the project, called "Ensuring Democracy through Digital Access," are provided by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.
Beginning in 2009, a total of 775,000 pages (approximately 2,300 volumes) will be digitized over the course of two years from the collections of all partners libraries. The collection will include a broad sampling of state publications with a significant portion from the 19th and early 20th centuries. These publications, which range from reports from the tax research department to reports of public charities, to the Public Documents of the State of North Carolina, offer a rich historical perspective of the development of state government.